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2014-2015 Season in the Kurtz Center

Middle School Musical: 13

Friday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn
Directed and choreographed by Jessica Bender
Music direction by Joe Buches

Auditions: Monday, Sept. 8, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Please check back for information about audition signups
Callbacks: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

A hilarious, coming-of-age musical about discovering that "cool" is sometimes where we least expect it.
Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out! Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts? To hear the music, and for more information about the show, visit the musical's website.

Winter Concerts

Upper School Band & Choral Concert
Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Middle School Band & Choral Concert
Monday, Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m.

Lower School Winter Concert
Friday, Dec. 19, 1:00 p.m. (Snow date, Jan. 10)

Upper School Arts Portfolio Night

Thursday, Jan. 22, 7:30-10:00 p.m.

Portfolio Night is an exciting venue for student work in Performing and Visual Arts and Design. Students will present a broad range of artistic works. Details to come.

Upper School Musical: Hairspray 

Friday, Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 21, 2:30 p.m.

Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman
Book by Mark O’Donnell & Thomas Meehan
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Directed by Michael Roche

You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance. The 1950s are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do! For more information, visit the musical's website.

Small Ensemble Concert

Quakers Dozen, Sharped Flats, Chamber Singers, Boys and Girls a Cappella, Middle School String Ensemble, Upper School String Ensemble, Flute by the Foot, and Percussion Ensemble

Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.

Quakers Dozen “Bon Voyage” Concert 

Tuesday, March 10, 7:30-8:15 p.m. 

The William Penn Singers, Penn Charter's touring choir, is having a Bon Voyage Concert to celebrate their exciting trip to Ireland over spring break. The concert, held in the Roberts Choral Room, will feature such Irish favorites as "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling," "The Parting Glass," "O Danny Boy" and many others. Come join us for a joyous evening of Irish merry-making.

Upper School Play: Antigone

Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 25, 2:30 p.m.

Adapted by Lewis Galantiere from the play by Jean Anouilh
Directed by Eva Kay Noone

The story begins shortly after Oedipus' death when Antigone and Ismene have returned to Thebes to stop the battle between their brothers, Eteocles and Polynices, over the throne. Antigone wants to avoid the prophesy that they will kill each other in battle, but she and her sister are too late. Creon, her uncle and current king, issues an edict: Eteocles will have a hero's burial, however, Polynices will remain unburied. Antigone does what she thinks is right and becomes locked in conflict with her uncle. As the new king, Creon cannot ignore her actions - her defiance is a matter of national security. For more information, visit the play's website.

Spring Concerts

Middle School Band & Choral Concert
Monday, May 11, 7:00 p.m.
Upper School Band & Choral Concert
Thursday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Lower School Spring Concert
Thursday, May 21
Grades 3, 4, & 5, 8:30-9:15 a.m.
Grades pre-K, K, 1 & 2, 9:45-10:30 a.m.


  • October, 2014
    • 10-24 325 Celebration
    • 10-24 All-school special dress
    • 10-24 All School 325th Convocation 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
    • 10-24 All School 325th Party 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • 10-25 ACT Test
    • 10-26 BLUE WEEK
    • 10-28 Parent Community Executive Committee meeting (TH) 8:15 AM
    • 10-28 Distinguished Speaker Series parent program: John Hunter and the World Peace Game (BC) 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    • 10-30 Lower School Enrichment ends
    • 10-31 Halloween
    • 10-31 Halloween parade, 8:30am
    • 10-31 4th grade play (BC) 9:30 AM
  • November, 2014
    • 11-02 Daylight Saving Time ends
    • 11-02 YELLOW WEEK
    • 11-03 Child care available
    • 11-03 Lower School faculty workday
    • 11-03 Middle School parent- advisor conferences
    • 11-03 No classes pre-K to 12
    • 11-03 Upper School parent- advisor conferences
    • 11-04 Middle School sports end
    • 11-06 Parent introduction to Quakerism at PC (TL) 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
    • 11-07 OPC Legacy Breakfast 7:15 AM
    • 11-07 OPC Legacy Breakfast 7:30 AM to 8:10 AM
    • 11-07 7th & 8th Dance (RFMS) 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    • 11-08 128th PC/GA Day Germantown Academy
    • 11-08 128th PC/GA Day (at GA)
    • 11-08 PC/GA art exhibit reception
    • 11-08 SAT Reasoning Test & SAT Subject Tests

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